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Food Council Meetings

Food Council meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month from 5:00-7:00pm.
There is usually a short optional presentation before the meeting.

Wednesday, November 12

5:00-7:00 (meeting)
Open Arms of Minnesota
2500 Bloomington Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55404 (map)

Wednesday, December 10

5:00-7:00 (abbreviated meeting - social time afterwards)
Birchwood Cafe
3311 E 25th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55406 (map)

Other Local Food Events

Staple Foods Ordinance Public Hearing

Monday, October 20 | 1:30pm | Minneapolis City Hall Room 317 (Council Chambers)
Please consider taking action to support these changes: speak at the public hearing, write a letter of support, contact your council member, or talk to your neighbors about the importance of healthy food access for all Minneapolis residents. For more information, view the fact sheet on the Homegrown Minneapolis website or contact:
Good nutrition is a critical part of individual and community health. Knowing what to eat is important, but having access to healthy food options matters too. While it’s easy to find healthy foods at a supermarket, residents in some Minneapolis communities must shop at corner stores, gas stations, dollar stores, and pharmacies where soda, chips, and candy are abundant, but wholesome choices are limited. Residents who rely on these types of store to meet their grocery needs often also experience poor health outcomes like diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.
As part of a comprehensive approach, the City of Minneapolis is exploring amendments to the Staple Foods Ordinance, a local policy first adopted in 2008, which requires all licensed grocery stores (including the non-traditional stores) to stock a minimal amount of basic food items including fresh produce, dairy, bread, and meat products. Proposed changes to the ordinance would expand the number of required staple food categories, set minimum quantities and varieties for each category, and clarify exemption criteria across all types of stores. Strengthening the city’s current ordinance would help ensure that everyone has access to healthy food choices no matter where they shop.

Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council Launches "Friends of Homegrown Minneapolis" Facebook Page!/friendsofhomegrownmplsfoodcouncil

Licensed Food Businesses Forum

Tuesday, October 21 | 10am-noon | Minneapolis Central Library, Doty Board Room (300 Nicollet Mall)
The Health Department wants to know how to better support restaurants and other licensed food businesses in Minneapolis. What does the Health Department need to improve? What would help you get a better score on your inspection? Would you like to improve your understanding of City and State food codes? Would you like business development information? Food safety training for your staff? Attend a free Food Forum with City of Minneapolis Health Department staff to tell them your ideas. If you need translation services please contact Leslie Foreman at or 612-673-3544.

October 24: Celebrate Food Day with the Minne-Apple Crunch!

Fall in Minnesota brings a variety of apples like honeycrisps and SweeTango, as well as trips to pick-your-own apple orchards. Join your friends and family across Minneapolis in celebrating Food Day by crunching into locally and regionally grown apples on Friday, October 24th! Why crunch into a local apple? Apples and other fruits are delicious and nutritious, and buying local apples supports our neighboring apple farmers! Food Day is a nationwide movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. Every October 24, thousands of events all around the country bring people together to celebrate and enjoy real food and push for improved food policies. Share pictures of yourself, friends, and family crunching into delicious apples at The Minne-Apple Crunch event! #Minne-AppleCrunch #It’sCrunchTime #FoodDay2014

Food Access Summit 2014: Organize for Equity

October 28-30, 2014 | Duluth Entertainment Convention Center
The Food Access Summit will highlight efforts that improve access to healthy food for Minnesotans with limited financial resources and launch the Minnesota Food Charter. It will provide social policy tools, training and action-oriented ideas to educate and organize participants to support local, state and national efforts to make the food system equitable for all. Anyone working to improve access to healthy food for underserved populations should attend. Register here: More information at or 651-214-2498

Save the Date – Get your Food Licensing Questions Answered!

Thursday, November 6 | 12:30-4pm | Eight videoconferencing locations (listed below)
What kind of a license do you need if you sell eggs, chickens and pork at a farmers’ market? Or if you sell jams and jellies? Or fruits and vegetables? Baked goods? Coffee? Come and get your food licensing questions answered directly from your Health and Agriculture staff. The eight videoconferencing locations are: Bemidji, Duluth, Fergus Falls, Mankato, Marshall, Rochester, St. Cloud, and St. Paul. In addition to learning about the various food licenses that are needed, participants will enjoy a fun hands-on safe food sampling lesson, presented by the University of Minnesota Extension. More details are coming soon! For more information, contact MFMA at or (320) 250-5087.

2014 Urban & Small Farms Conference: "Building a Fair Food Economy to Grow Healthy People"

November 7-9, 2014 | Potawatomi Bingo Casino Hotel, Milwaukee, WI
Conference Registration, Scholarship Applications, Lodging info, etc:

Save the Date – Gardening Matters Community Meal & Gathering

Tuesday, November 11 | 6-8pm | 310 E. 38th Street, Suite 204B, Minneapolis

Comprehensive calendars to check out:

·         Gardening Matters


Last updated Oct 17, 2014